How seriously do you take your words? How seriously do you take the commitments you make to God and other people? Most of us, most of the time, speak without thinking. But this week the Preacher of Ecclesiastes helps us see that our words matter because they reveal the posture of our heart toward God. What do your words say about your heart?
I. Because Words Matter, Hearing Words is Better Than Speaking Words.
II. Because Words Matter, Considered Words are Better Than Rash Words.
III. Because Words Matter, Fewer Words are Better Than More Words
IV. Because Words Matter, No Words are Better Than Broken Words.
Sermon Discussion Questions:
1. Why do you suppose it is so difficult to control our tongues/speech? If you have, tell of a time when you intentionally spoke less and what you learned from it.
2. Would you characterize your times in corporate worship or private prayer as being marked by reverence and awe of God? Why or why not?
3. Jesus said, “on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt. 12:36-37). What does he mean by that and what are the implications for us?
4. What vows or commitments are you currently neglecting? What is to be done about it?
5. How does the gospel free us from condemnation for our sins of speech, while also engaging our hearts so we want to honor God with our speech?